Boosts in Walking Speed May Significantly Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk


Picking up your pace when you walk could offer extra protection against developing type 2 diabetes.

In a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, researchers in Iran determined that maintaining a habitual walking speed of 2.5 miles per hour (mph) or faster significantly lowered the chances of having type 2 diabetes in the future.

Every 0.6 mph increase was associated with a 9 percent risk reduction.

“Our results provide support for the incorporation of walking speed into physical activity guidelines,” says lead study author Ahmed Jayedi, PhD, a researcher in nutrition at Semnan University of Medical Sciences in Iran. “While current strategies to increase total walking time are beneficial, it may also be reasonable to encourage people to walk at faster speeds to further increase the health benefits of walking.”


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